British couple held at Somali pirate stronghold...product of the week: trickle charger...Rally arrives Bundaberg...Around Australia Rally hots up...and much more....

29 Oct 2009

Diary Dates


A smörgåsbord of news....

The Chandler route - notice how close to the Yemeni coastline they stayed on their way to India  .
There's a real smörgåsbord of news this week, but the top story, sadly, is that with the pirate 'season' now in full swing, the first yacht has been hijacked.

It's interesting to note that the first time the kidnapped couple transited the pirate zone they hugged the Yemeni coastline, presumably, like many other cruising yachts these days, under the protection of the Yemeni coast guard.

While sailing only a nautical mile or two from the Yemeni coast is fraught with coastal dangers that make navigation more challenging, this pales into insignificance beside the rish of being kidnapped.

Read this week also how there is now FREE help for transiting the troubled area.

The rallies go on – The Vanuatu Rally has just finished in the Port of Bundaberg in Australia, and the around Australia Rally for 2011 has garnered an amazing 170 slot reservations already.

AIS technology is getting better and cheaper all the time, and now Class B transponders suitable for yachts are starting to be feasible for the average cruising yacht. Read about it....

As the climate hots up so do scientific efforts to beat the heat and save the sea life and coral in our world's oceans. Of course, the obvious solution – fewer planes, ships and motor vehicles, along with fewer humans and lifestock – doesn't seem to be to anyone's liking. Read several more stories this week about the scientific efforts. The only ones who seem to be unconcerned by GFC's or global warming are the superyacht owners. Read just how well they have done recently.

Sailors always seem to be getting rescued somewhere in the world, so this week's sweet story about a mystery yacht (now identified) who rescued some fishermen and then disappeared, is welcome news.

However, there's much more news here for the keen sailor. Browse through and choose those that interest YOU.

Sweet Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

The Latest Sail-World competition - Prize value over $300,000,
Since 2000 we've been running Sail-World online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Sailors have won everything from charter holidays, to offshore wet weather gear, inshore jackets and this year we broke new ground with our Win a Laser competition. Now we have a very different prize from those in our previous competitions.... [more]
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Sailing boat confirmed held at Somali pirate stronghold
Ecoterra/Sail-World Cruising,
The Somali Marine and Coastal Monitor Agency, Ecoterra, has reported that four days after their distress call was sent out near the Seychelles and received by the naval crisis centre, the sailing boat SY Lynn Rival, with British couple Paul Chandler, 58, and his wife Rachel Chandler, 55 on board has reportedly already reached the Central Somali coast.... [more]
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Celebrate the coming of summer with Try Sailing Day
Bob Wonders,
Yacht and skiff clubs across NSW support the annual Try Sailing Day. An initiative of the association's sub-group, the Sailing Industry Association (SIA), the annual event allows those who may otherwise never have had the opportunity to try their hand under sail.... [more]
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NSW Government rescues Batemans Bay volunteers
NSW Government Media,
The NSW Government has come to the rescue of the Batemans Bay Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol after the group found itself without its main rescue vessel due to a mechanical breakdown.The replacement vessel is a Sailfish 7200 aluminium catamaran, 6.50 metres in length and powered by two Honda 150 horsepower outboard engines.... [more]
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AIS: the technology - and the price - improving
Des Ryan,
AIS technology is getting more and more user friendly, cheaper, and more and more within the budget range of the average cruising yacht. Now you can get a transponder Class B, which basically means that the ships can see you as well as your being able to see and identify them, for about as much as a transceiver used to cost.... [more]
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Port2Port Rally arrives Bundaberg
Des Ryan,
More than fifty yachts taking part in the Annual 'Port2Port' Rally - Port Vila in Vanuatu to the Port of Bundaberg in Queensland, have arrived in in Bundaberg, with the last stragglers soon to arrive.... [more]
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Marine Qld voices concerns on Queensland water health
Marine Qld,
Peak State recreational marine industry body, Marine Queensland has today spoken out over concerns regarding the increased levels of pollution found in our waterways after the results of the Ecosystem Health Report Card were released this week.... [more]
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Around Australia Rally hots up
Nancy Knudsen,
While the Around Australia Rally will not begin until 2011, slot reservations have been coming in fast and have now reached a total of 170. Naturally, there will be dropouts, but there will also be many yachts yet to make the decision to join the rally, so the event is looking to be a runaway success.... [more]
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Melbourne Sea Survival Safety Course - I'll be back - and I am!
John Curnow,
Perhaps it was Bob 'Freight Train' Williams' fantastic article here on Sail-World recently or maybe it was our involvement in the ABC's recent edition of 'Australian Story'. No matter what, the phone and emails have been running hot with enquiries for another of the ORCV's terrific Sea Survival and Safety Courses to be run - and we only did the last one at the end of September.... [more]
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Australia's tall ships meet off the coast of Perth
Nancy Knudsen,
There were lots of sails showing off the West Australian coastline this week when the sail training ship the Young Endeavour and the Leeuwin II put on a great display for residents of Perth and Fremantle. They raced together over a sixteen nautical mile course.... [more]
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Skipper fined for overloaded houseboat & not enough safety equipment
AAP Medianet,
'The houseboat had a legal limit of 12 people but there were 22 on board.... [more]
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Multimillion dollar boost to CReefs project
An influx of resources worth a total of $2.7 million to support the ambitious CReefs project that is systematically surveying life on Australian reefs was announced at the end of September at AIMS (Australian Institute of Marine Science) by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts the Hon Peter Garrett MP.... [more]
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Product of the week: The trickle-charger for sailing boats
Lisa Mylchreest,
Last week we brought you a solar panel which can trickle feed your battery while you are not on the boat. This week we bring you one that is a little more expensive, but ideal for sailing boats.... [more]
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Indian Ocean piracy spikes - help available free for ALL vessels
Nikki Carpenter,
Following the dramatic increase in pirate attacks in supposed piracy safe-zones over the last fortnight, The Merchant Maritime Warfare Centre (MMWC) free-of-charge counter-piracy Ship Support Service is now available to all vessels sailing in the Indian Ocean... [more]
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Online information for cruising the Med
Nancy Knudsen,
Those from other cruising grounds who have sailed the Mediterranean will know how valuable advance information of its quirks and idiosyncrasies can be. Some very interesting online information has just been made available by the Cruisers Network Online. As usual with this ever-helpful organisation, the information has been simply provided by a member.... [more]
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As the world burns, the megayacht industry thrives
Des Ryan,
While the world burns, the megayacht industry thrives. In the middle of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), in this last year, the megayacht industry had its finest year. There are 6000 pleasure yachts over 80 ft on the planet. 2700, almost half, were built in the last ten years, and a whopping 510 were built in the last 12 months.... [more]
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50% of maritime debris is plastic
ABC Science Online and Sail-World,
Alistair McIlgorm of the National Marine Science Center in Coffs Harbor Australia says '6.4 million tons of debris reaches the world's oceans each year.' 'Of that, 80 percent is thought to come from land based sources, more than half of the rubbish is believed to be plastic'... [more]
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Copper Cove Marina Festival – Wallaroo: On for the whole weekend
Copper Cove Marina Festival Media,
The Copper Cove Marina Festival, South Australia, was successfully staged for the first time in 2008, attracting around 3,000 people to Wallaroo to the one-day event. The event will now be staged over two days, with an extensive showcase of boating, seafood and wine on Saturday 24 October and a fresh seafood market on Sunday 25 October.... [more]
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Blue Carbon - A new key to help combat climate change
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission,
Seagrasses to Salt Marshes among most cost effective carbon capture and storage systems on planet. but urgent action needed to maintain and restore ‘blue carbon' sinks warns three un agencies and a ‘Blue Carbon' fund able to invest in the maintenance and rehabilitation of key marine ecosystems should be considered by governments keen to combat climate change... [more]
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Rescued fishermen find their 'mystery yacht'
Tara Russell, This is Hampshire/Sail-World,
Stories abound of yachts who by their own ineptitude or the force of weather need rescuing, but when the lives of three British fishermen in the Solent were saved by a mystery sailing boat that arrived like a guardian angel in the night and departed again, all the shocked fishermen were left with was the memory of the name of the boat - Mange Tout.... [more]
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Yacht dismasted by one ship, saved by another
Eileen Stilwell, Courier Post/Sail-World Cruising,
A Swiss Canadian boat builder and his French Canadian shipmate have been rescued off the coast of North Carolina after a collision with a tanker which didn't stop. Their dismasted yacht, floundering in 9 foot waves, was sighted by another cargo ship when they were onto their last flare.... [more]
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Lloyd's Ports of the World, 2009
Nancy Knudsen,
On board any sea-going yacht, even though broadband internet is playing a bigger and bigger role in shipboard life, a library of resource material is a source of comfort. These typically contain everything from visa requirements to cruising guides, from engine maintenance information to weather and climate. Then there's the Lloyd's Ports of the World, out now in the 2009 version.... [more]
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